All proceeds from the sale of this lot will be donated to Nepalese charities working to provide aid in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes that took place in the country earlier in 2015.
This is a special charity bottling of Karuizawa 1983, which was created specially for attendees of the Nepal Appeal Karuizawa Masterclass, which took place on 3 October 2015 at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show 2015.
The 45 attendees of the class tried five incredibly rare Karuizawa bottlings, including the 1983 cask #3557, and all received a full bottle of the whisky to take home. Tickets to the class were oversubscribed and were sold through a ballot for £6,000 each.
Each bottle is engraved with a cherry-blossom design, picked out in gold, and each was hand-labelled and uniquely numbered. Only 50 were made.
This is bottle number 2.
Winning bid £9,700
A 1971 vintage Bunnahabhain bottled in 2006 by the distillery as part of the celebrations of the 125th year since their founding.
Winning bid £575
This bottle is from the collection of Bill Pigati, whose family have owned Del Rio, a famous restaurant near Chicago, since the 1920s. The majority of the bottles in the collection were purchased in the 1940s and early 1950s, and it is mainly comprised of blended scotch whiskies, which were very popular during the period.
Some of these gems are from the famous big names we all recognise, however there are many amazing brands with beautiful labels that we know very little about which are much sought after by collectors around the world.
Winning bid £460
A miniature of blended Scotch whisky blended and bottled by Romano Vlahov, Bologna.
These minis are from the collection of David Maund, one of the founding members of the oldest miniature bottle clubs in the world, The Mini Bottle Club. David started his collection over 40 years ago and at the peak he had more than 9,000 minis, including some of the oldest and rarest bottles ever seen.
Winning bid £280
An old bottle of Pedro’s 10 Year Old Jamaica Rum, which has still the medal for Italian import attached. We estimate that it was bottled back in the 1950s.
Winning bid £450
A 1980s bottling of 1938 vintage Linkwood, released after 44 years of maturation in sherry casks. Imported into Italy by Pinerolo.
Winning bid £625
The first batch of Port Ellen from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Featuring bar-owner and Port Ellen collector Jon Beach on the label, holding a bag of sherbert lemons and a chamois leather – his favourite tasting notes for Port Ellen whiskies.
Winning bid £1,050
A legendary single-sherry-cask 1975 vintage Ardbeg bottled at cask strength for the Italian market and imported by Velier in 1999.
Winning bid £2,300